Selby strike it lucky


Posted 19th April 2014 - Posted in Match Reports Selby strike lucky


Defensive mistakes and clinical finishing by Selby cost Hallam dearly today. A truly dominate performance throughout but the final third let them down.

They started extremely well, exploiting the space in between the defence and causing real danger to Selby; an excellent chance came early on, and could arguable have made this a different game as the Selby defender made a horrendous backwards header leaving Joe Highfield one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but he never really looked settled with the ball at his feet and squandered a glorious chance.

Hallam continued to find the space in behind and it looked like a matter of time before Hallam would take the lead, but the finishing touch just was not there today and inevitable after all their hard work Selby sure enough took the lead on 19 minutes with really their first realistic effort on goal. The ball over the top caught Julian Lawrence out and Selby capitalised, with initially a great point blank save by Adam Ledger but the ball fell nicely back at his feet before playing a ball to the edge of the area to allow James Wilstrop to fire a shot towards an empty goal to put them ahead.

Shortly after with Hallam looking a little disheartened after the first Selby scored a second with another defensive mistake which was really costing Hallam today. A great initial save by the goalkeeper once more not dealt with by the defence left Daniel O'Connor with another attempt on goal as he slotted home from close range.                                                                                                             

Hallam began to press and settle again looking for a way back into the game but the final third was letting them down and from attack to defence in quick succession Selby scored a third on 44 minutes. After they lost the ball high up the field a wonderful through ball by Selby in behind the Hallam defence, a wonderful mazy run by Ben Lock who skipped past two to slot it into the bottom corner from the left-hand side and half time could not come soon enough.

As the second half progressed Hallam continued to dominate the game but they could not make it count in the final third. A tremendous save by the Selby goalkeeper early on from a sweetly struck volley from the edge of the area was an example of what was to come as shortly after on 73 minutes Hallam scored to give themselves a chance to get something out of this game. Some wonderful play by the Liam Morris to find himself some space; a wonderful weighted through ball that splits the defence to set up a thunderous strike into the top corner, maybe this was their way back into the game.

But as before they continued to press and dominate the game but they could not find a second goal, a corner drilled in that was met by a sweet volley cleared off the line was the closest they came to a second in the later stages; but Hallam can be proud of their efforts, on another day they win this game but the finishing touch and a bit of luck was on Selby’s side today.

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